Today’s Astronomical Events – October 3rd, 2014

Mars is still visible for many observers in the west or south-west after sunset. It’s still very high in the skies over Australia (with Saturn below it and Mercury hugging the horizon) but observers in the United Kingdom may have difficulty finding the planet in the twilight.

The images above depict the sky at 8 p.m. local time.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



Mars decreases its apparent diameter to 6.0”. (89% illuminated, magnitude 0.8, Ophiuchus, evening sky.)



Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.


Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Paperback Edition).


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